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24 October 2015

Film and Panel Discussion: "Dirt, Climate Change, Hunger. It's All Connected"

Join UNA-NCA and Oxfam America Action Corps for a film and panel discussion in celebration of World Food Day and UN Day.

In honor of World Food Day, UDC CAUSES Green Living Expo, and United Nations (UN) Day, the Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC is hosting a film screening and panel discussion for the public to discuss hunger, the human impact of climate change and efforts to build resilience. This program is also in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the UN and the new United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This program relates to several of the Goals, including Goal # 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal # 13 (Climate Action), and Goal #15 (Life on Land).

When: October 24, 2015 11:00am – 2:30pm

University of the District of Columbia (UDC), David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room (5th floor), 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Cost: Free!

      • Ms. Jodi-Kaye Wade, Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC
      • Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Associate Professor, JHU SAIS-International Development
      • Mr. David Hong, Global Senior Policy Analyst, Once Acre Fund
      • Mr. Yao M. Afantchao, Ethnic Crop Development Specialist, UDC CAUSES (College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Services)
      • Dr. Jessica Felix-Romero, Director of Marketing and Outreach, Farmworker Justice
      • Ms. Margarita Diubanova, Strategy and Science Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


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17 October 2015

Young Professionals Fall 2015 Career Dinner Series

Join UNA-NCA for its Fall 2015 Career Dinner Series - an evening that could launch your global career!

The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, biannual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field. The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences in the industry.

Networking reception: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Individual dinners: 6:30pm (Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided upon registration; all locations are accessible by metro)
Cost: Members* - $45; Non-members - $55; Combo ticket (includes UNA-NCA membership and registration) - $65
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!

   Keynote Speaker: Scott BealeFounder, Atlas Corps

Dinner topics: 
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
Please note: Additional speakers and dinner topics will be announced upon confirmation

Careers at the State Department - SOLD OUT!!
      • A. Edward Elmendorf, Former Foreign Service Officer; World Bank (Ret.)
      • F. Allen "Tex" Harris, Former President, American Foreign Service Association - Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) 
      • Mark Schlachter, Director, Office of Public Affairs and Outreach, Bureau of International Organizations Affairs - Civil Service, State Department

Careers in International Law  - SOLD OUT!!
      • David Birenbaum, Former US Ambassador to the UN for Management; Of Counsel, Fried Frank, LLP
      • Duncan Cameron, Senior Counsel, Cameron, LLP
      • Susan Leahy, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLP
      • Alexandra Malina Manea, Legal Consultant, World Bank Group

Careers in Gender Advocacy 
      • Tamara Klajn, Senior Advisor, Bureau of African Affairs, State Department
      • Karen Mulhauser, Founder, Mulhauser and Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
      • Beirne Roose-Snyder, Director of Public Policy, Center for Health and Gender Equity



Careers at the United Nations

      • Armando Castro Figueredo, Regional Administration, Finance Officer, UNHCR
      • Fatou Ndoye, Deputy Regional Director, UNEP
      • Anna Shakarishvili, Senior Adviser, U.S. Office, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)


Careers in Human Rights

      • T. Kumar, Director, International Advocacy for Amnesty International USA
      • Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution


Careers in Sustainable Development - SOLD OUT!!

      • Joan C. Parker, President and CEO, Counterpart International
      • Jodi-Kaye Wade, Small Business Specialist, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, USAID


11 October 2015

The United Nations At 70 - Reflecting on its Record and Proposals for Reform

Join UNA-NCA in a Celebration of the United Nations' 70th Anniversary, and a Discussion on its Accomplishments and Possible Areas of Reform

At the Cedar Lane Forum on October 11th, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, UNA-NCA President, Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired), will offer a candid appraisal of the UN’s record in maintaining peace and security, promoting development, and advancing human rights. He will then discuss various reform proposals that would improve its effectiveness. President Bliss will be joined by special guest, Professor Laurence Peters, the author of a new book: The United Nations: History and Core Ideas.

The Forum begins at 10:10 am. For those who are interested, Cedar Lane’s Senior Minister, the Rev Abhi Janamanchi, will conduct services at 9:00 am and again at 11:00 am on the vision of the United Nations and its role and relevance today. Rev Janamanchi has served as president of the International Association of Religious Freedom.

President Bliss served in various capacities in the federal government for 13 years, most recently as US Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated specialized agency. He also has practiced law in Washington, DC. He and his spouse Nancy have been members of Cedar Lane for many years and each have served as Board Chair.

      • Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) - President, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
      • Laurence Peters - Author; Associate Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University

When: October 11, 2015 10:10 - 11:00 am

Where: 9601 Cedar Lane - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, The Chalice House Bethesda Maryland 20814

Cost: Free


06 October 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt Happy Hour

Join UNA-NCA's Program Committees for a Happy Hour in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt.

UNA-NCA will be hosting a Happy Hour celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt's Birthday and the 70th Anniversary of the UN. Come have your picture taken with Eleanor while we toast the birth of the UN, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Dress up, dress down but come celebrate these signature achievements! This is a great opportunity to meet members, volunteers, and staff from UNA-NCA, as well as other DC folks interested in hot topics in international affairs, and get involved with issues you are passionate about!

 October 6, 2015, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC 20036

Cost to Register: Free!


Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter using #UNat70 and #GlobalGoals for pictures if you can't make it out to join the fun in person!

29 September 2015

Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Join UNA-NCA and Experts in the Human Rights Field for a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2000, world leaders committed their nations to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. While the MDGs helped to end poverty for some, there still remains work to be done. On September 25th, the UN will build upon these goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda by committing to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fight against poverty, inequality, and climate change.

On September 29, UNA-NCA will host an outstanding expert panel organized by its Human Rights Committee on Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn about the linkages between Human Rights and the new Global Goals, and see the Goals through a Human Rights lens. Discuss how the new Goals framework can contribute to the realization of Human Rights.

Speakers will include:
  • Lindsay Coates - Executive Vice President, InterAction
  • T. Kumar - International Advocacy Director, Amnesty International

When: September 29, 2015,  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Cost: Members - free; Nonmembers - $10
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Click here to join!


16 September 2015

UN Key Dates - September 2015

In September 2000, world leaders committed their nations to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. On September 25th, the UN will build upon the MDGs and converge with the post-2015 development agenda by committing to 17 new Sustainable Develoment Goals to fight against poverty, inequality, and climate change. Check out the General Assembly's events for the month of September. 


UN Live Stream

10 September 2015

Young African Fellows Farewell Reception

Join UNA-NCA's African Affairs Committee in a farewell reception for the 2015 YALI Fellows.

The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood and is constantly seeking tools to better engage with their fellow peers on the development process that will impact their lives. It is essential that we recognize youth leadership and participation for an inclusive growth and achievement of sustainable development goals thereby ensuring the needs and values of the young generation are included in the post-2015 era.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), founded in 2010 by President Obama, celebrates young people who demonstrate leadership, and looks to them for inclusion in development planning for the future. Its flagship program, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is an investment in youth leaders from across the African continent and an effort to support them through leadership training and mentoring programs at universities and colleges, coupled with professional internships. Upon returning to their home countries, YALI Fellows have continued access to opportunities for professional development, mentoring, networking and further training.

Please join us in congratulating the 2015 Fellows on the successful completion of the program. The event will include a discussion on the roles African youth leaders have in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on a local and global level.

When: September 10, 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), 2424 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008


      • Honorable Daouda Diabaté - Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
      • Honorable Vivian Lowery Derryck - President & C.E.O., The Bridges Institute

Members* - Free; Nonmembers - $15

*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Click here to join!


02 September 2015

Exclusive Inside Look at the Financing for Sustainable Development Conference

UNA-NCA's Sustainable Development Goals Task Force, Young Professionals Committee, and Sustainable Development Committee will be holding a members-only briefing and discussion on the recent outcomes of the United Nations Financing for Development Conference that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 13-16, 2015. 

This exclusive event will feature Chris Whatley, Executive Director of UNA-USA, who attended the conference. Hear an insider’s perspective on the main discussion points of the conference and gain a deeper understanding of the new upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and the financing behind them.

When: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 5:30 p.m. 

Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

: Members - $10
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Click here to join!

Space is limited! Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity. 


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